Hundreds of Child Protection Advocates Rally at the Capitol for the Protection of Children
TexProtects (The Texas Association for the Protection of Children), Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards and Child Advocates from Across the State Give a Voice to Abused and Neglected Children
“While child protection requires year-round vigilance, Child Abuse Prevention Month gives us an opportunity to focus on these preventable crimes against children and put it in the forefront of the public’s attention. I commend TexProtects and the countless other child protection advocates for bringing this matter to the Capitol and making sure that state lawmakers focus on the issue as well,” stated Senator
McClure noted: “
Key legislators spoke at Friday’s rally, including Senator
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The Child Abuse Prevention Priorities of the sponsoring organizations include: Restoring the funding to the Prevention and Early Intervention Division to 2010-2011 biennium levels; Requiring institutions of higher education, schools, charter schools and child care facilities to adopt and implement internal recognition and reporting policies consistent with state mandatory reporting law; Defining school social workers in the Education Code; Enhancing the penalty for failure to report child abuse; and the Home Visitation Expansion and Accountability Act, maintaining current State GR funding for the Nurse-Family Partnership Program, supporting a Home Visiting Consortium and supporting an Early Childhood Comprehensive System that focuses on prenatal to five years of age.
Child Protection Priorities on the Legislative Consensus Agenda follow providing: Educational success for foster children with greater flexibility in order to graduate; Access to CPS records for court appointed evaluators; Greater access to protective orders; Review of dismissal orders in CPS cases; Loan repayment program for qualified caseworkers, Placement stability and permanency for Foster Youth; Task Force on recruitment and retention of CPS caseworkers; and Oversight for Psychotropic Medication Usage for Foster Youth.
“At long last, the Texas Legislature has heard the continuous call of advocates to adequately fund CPS,” said McClure. ”We applaud the new DFPS Commissioner, Judge Specia and the
ABOUT TEXPROTECTS: TexProtects’ mission is to reduce and prevent child abuse by educating and organizing its members to communicate with government officials, public and private funders, and the public at large about the need for increased investments in research-based best practices of child abuse prevention programs, Child Protective Services reforms, and treatment programs for victims of abuse.
Executive Director, TexProtects